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ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY - The People of the Great Circle, Prehistoric Mound Builders In South Florida, December 16, 2019, Pineapple Press ISBN 97816833405 22

I have researched all of the archaeology and theories on the mound building people of south Florida. What I discovered will surprise you. The Great Circle, a 1400 foot wide, 6 feet deep ritual construction built in 800 B.C. ( far left in illustration on left) Predates the Aden, Hopewell and Mississippi mound builders by 1000 years. The unique belief system and social organization of Nort American mound builders originated in the south. First Poverty Point in Louisiana 1650 - 200 B.C. and south Florida around Lake Okeechobee  800 B.C.

Fisheating Creek, site of the Fort Center Archaeological Site and the Great Circle

The four monumental earthwork complexes around Lake Okeechobee were the result of cultural synthesis. The Mayaimi local lake people, the newly arrived Calusa and a trans-regional cult came together, developed unifying beliefs and built "the most significant earthworks by hunter-gathers in world prehistory" ( Thompson & Pluckhahn 2014)

Pictured right: Fisheating Creek, Glade County, FL location of the Fort Center Site where Woodland Indians gathered, buried their dead and formed meaningful alliances for 25 centuries.

Calusa, carved  wooden mechanical head piece. Alamy stock potos

Calusa achievements unique in world history

The Calusa built entire islands from shells, engineered sophisticated canal systems, while producing sophisticated and naturalistic carving of the birds, mammals and reptiles that were their relations and with whom they shared their world.

SEE MY PERSONAL APPEARENCES. I WILL BE PRESENTING A PROGRAM THAT IS A SYNOPSIS OF THE BOOK IN CHARLOTTE, SARASOTA AND MANATEE COUNTIES IN 2019 and 2020, as well as book signings.

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The People of the Great Circle, Prehistoric Mound Builders in South Florida

COMING MAY 2020

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Florida's Gray Gold, The Phosphate Mining Boom in the Deep South 1868 -2018, Pineapple Press

Finally, the first comprehensive history of phosphate mining in Florida. With over 100 historic photographs, Florida's Gray Gold chronicles the places, people and technology that were the heart of the mining of Florida's Bone Valley, then and now. You will learn about the speculators, the miners and the people of Bone Valley who witnessed the mining boom into the 21st Century. as well as the growth of the Gulf ports. The book shows the ghost towns and the wastelands, as well as the growing opposition by environmentalists, as well as the industrialization of agriculture that gave rise to phosphate-based fertilizers.

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COMING IN 2021- To the Ends of the World, A History of Charlotte County Florida

I have been busy research and writing a history in time for the Count's Centennial on April 23,2021. The book begins with the early settlers on the Charlotte Harbor after the Civil War and ends in the present day. Many of the county's most prominent founders are revisited with many surprising reveals.

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COMING IN 2021, the life and times of wells moses sawyer

A Biography of an Important Florida Artist

             Wells, The Life and Times  and Times of Artist and Anthropologist Wells Moses Sawyer, is my first biography.

I share the incredible and inspiring life story of Wells Moses Sawyer. Sawyers known for his role in the 1895-1896 Pepper-Hearst Expedition of the mounds in Florida,  Wells’ biography tells the rest of his story from his simple beginnings in the Missouri Territories during the Civil War to his launching a career as an artist and anthropologist in Washington D.C.. Wells and his family were constantly on the move including their living and working in Spain and Mexico. Wells and his talented artist daughter Helen settled in Sarasota, Florida in 1940s and are credited with founding the Sarasota art colony and movement. As a history it shares the important events in U.S. and world history that were the background for Wells long and productive life. His story will inspire not only the artist, but the dreamer in all of us.

More To Come

This book will be  the first account of the artists who gave birth to the art movement in Sarasota Florida in 1944, as well as give an in depth view of an incredible American artists whose painting are in collections all over the world.